Elders population to go high by 2050
Kauvery Hospital has opened Department of Orthogeriatrics for comprehensive orthopedic care for senior citizens here on Friday. Eminent geriatric specialist Dr V S Natarajan inaugurated the department.
The department combines medical specialities of orthopedic and geriatrics to provide holistic care with the top-of-the-line infrastructure and patient-friendly amenities.
Stressing on the importance of comprehensive geriatric care, Dr Aravindan Selvaraj of the Kauvery Hospital said, 'United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in its study brought out jointly with Help Age International points to increase of people above 60 years of age to 323 million by 2050 from its present 100 million, which constitutes 20 per cent of India's total population by then and it further predicts the number of over 80s to increase seven fold'.
'It is also of concern that the study discloses that around one-fifth of the aged people live alone or only with spouses in both rural and urban areas. All this shows that there is a need to strengthen geriatric care so that healthcare demands of growing senior citizens can be met,' he added.
The Orthogeriatrics Department is spread over 12,000sq ft and houses 15 exclusive in-patient beds, elders friendly amenities like low level cots and bathrooms with grab bars, spacious corridor for physiotherapy and rehabilitation apart from advanced medical equipment.
As an inaugural offer, the hospital offers an array of benefits including arthritis screening package at a special tariff of Rs 750 and dexa scan at a special tariff of Rs 1,500 that can be availed on or before 31 July. For details call 9025116293.
Senior consultant geriatrician at Kauvery Hospital Dr Lakshmipathy Ramesh was also present during the inauguration.
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